Today, Councilman John Lee called for “healing” and “unity” – and to “mistrust” anyone who disagrees.
From John Lee, Mason City councilman, via social media –
I have heard and seen that the national atmosphere of hatred, animosity, and the pervasive virus of us vs them attitude is now reaching into our community. We all loved and respected Alex Kuhn, and so it is understandable that people are going through a very tough time; sadness and depression is part of the process. But unfortunately so is anger. When people are angry they are quick to lash out, finger point, etc. All of this is an accepted part of the grieving process. But what isn’t acceptable, are people who are using this terrible loss to press an advantage. One (one of many) reasons this community loved Alex was his unrelenting and unapologetic approach for consensus building and trying to make everyone satisfied. This accusatory and hateful approach, which is seeping into people’s minds, is very dangerous for our community and frankly would have made Alex very disappointed.
If you believe you are trying to honor Alex by making accusations, grand standing, or condemning; don’t kid yourself, you have not only failed to honor his memory, you are using his memory to do something that Alex himself hated. Also, there is great hypocrisy with these accusations, because those people, who are promoting this type of behavior, are guilty of doing exactly what they themselves are angry about. Don’t let the people who are going to try to take advantage of this situation manipulate you. Honor Alex the way he deserves; respect, love and acceptance of everyone. Work for those three goals, not against them. This town needs to heal after the past four months, not more division.
Mistrust anyone who calls for anything less than unity.